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Matola, Mozambique (2019) | Desaster Relief after Cyclone Idai

Oiltanking Matola Helps to Load 14,000 Tons of Aid Supplies

Oiltanking Matola helps to load 14,000 tons of aid supplies
Oiltanking Matola helps to load 14,000 tons of aid supplies

A tropical cyclone struck Mozambique and several other countries in southern Africa on Thursday, March 14, 2019, causing widespread flooding and destruction across the southeast corner of the continent. The port city of Beira in Mozambique was hit hardest, with many homes destroyed. According to the Mozambican government, about 700 people died there alone, and the United Nations expects far more deaths. In Mozambique, around 400,000 people are said to have lost their homes in the storm and floods. According to the International Federation of Red Cross, the storm destroyed 90 percent of Beira, a city of about a half-million people.

In Mozambique, several aid agencies are assisting government efforts in the search and rescue operations and in the distribution of food, medical supplies and water. Our Oiltanking colleagues in Matola immediately realized that they wanted to help. A 18-member team joined forces with employees of other companies of the Matola area and helped to load 14,000 tons of aid supplies that reached Matola partly by plane, but most from local donations, into a vessel to leave Maputo to the affected port of Beira. And the Oiltanking colleagues continue their efforts.